Coming out of a successful month and some great results in August, the season is getting closer and closer to the end, but still with big wins on the line and the Team dsm-firmenich colours back on the podiums across Europe.
Our women’s program returned to racing with the Simac Ladies Tour, a race the team has good memories of after taking three stage wins and the overall win last year. The team continued to show great racing. In the two kilometre long opening prologue, it was Charlotte Kool, who finished off the the great technical setup from everyone, by taking a nice victory for the team. Wearing the leaders jersey the day after, Charlotte sprinted into a good third place, confirming her good shape from the opening day. The race offered another battle against the clock on stage two with a short seven kilometre long time trial. Pfeiffer Georgi showed a fine ride again, finishing in tenth on the day, and moving up to eighth in the overall classification. On stage three it was another opportunity for the sprinters and Charlotte once again proved she’s one of the fastest riders in the peloton, sprinting to her second win of the week after a great lead-out.
“We thought today it wasn’t up to us to do the chasing and that worked out well,” explained Kool. “Normally we do the job but we didn’t have yellow, so it was time for others to do the chasing. Everyone in the team was then fresh for the finale and you can see what an amazing lead-out we can do. I made sure I wasn’t blocked in today. We know that if I can do my sprint then I’m really fast and today I could do just that and it turned out really well for us. This stage was a big goal for us so I’m really happy to take the win with the team.”
In the last two stages, Pfeiffer was in the mix of the battle for the GC win. She finished in a fine eighth place on stage four and fifth on the final day, which saw her move up to end the race in a strong fourth place in the final classification.